Monday, February 20, 2012
I know that I've been MIA for months and I know that so many of you have sent me messages and sparkgoodies and I appreciate it all, I'm sorry that I haven't gotten back to you! Things have been super busy for me lately and I barely have time for myself let alone sparking time. So since I have a little bit of time to say something now before I workout I will have to keep it short and sweet.
VACATION AND MY BUSY LIFE:
I went on my vacation over the summer and had a GREAT time, the weather was beautiful and the house was gorgeous! It was a great time with great people and I would to be able to go again. Before I left on vacation though I had a job interview to go on for a much better job and possibilities and I got the job! So after vacation ended I started the new job the week after. Craziness! So far I've been there for 5 months and I love it, it was a great opportunity and I couldn't pass it up. A week after starting my job though my roommate told me that she wanted to move to FL in three months even though she told me she wasn't going to move until the summer and thus started my crazy search for a place to live. Thankfully I was able to find a place and this time I'm by myself, no more roommates! If I hadn't started this new job I would not had been able to afford it so I'm so thankful that things ended up working out for me. I did a second job though because I really didn't have any stuff for a place only bedroom furniture, so needless to say I've been busy. I wish I had more time to spark but I just don't but hopefully in the future that will change.
So since the summer I managed to only gain some weight, about 7-8 pounds. While I'm not thrilled with the gain, things were so crazy for me and for about 2 weeks I lived with my Aunt until my place was ready and had to eat what was accessible instead of being to make my own meals. I'm really trying to get back into the swings of things with my calories and all but I have to say I'm sick of counting calories, I'm just done with it BUT I know that if I want to achieve the body that I've always wanted and not gain back all the weight that I lost that I almost do not have a choice right now. I'm still working out but not like I used to and I have to say I definitely miss it! My new work schedule makes working out in the morning hard and I hate doing ST in the afternoon with the gym being super crowded so I need to work out a new plan for ST. Things will fall into place soon, I'm sure that they will so for right now I'm going to continue to do what I have to do.
Well I really need to go get started on my exercise but I do have a full day ahead of me of things to do, it never ends! I hope that everything is will with all you sparklers and I thank you guys for all the kind words of encouragement even though I haven't been around. Hopefully I'll be able again soon!
Monday, July 11, 2011
I'm going on vacation the end of August to OBX aka the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I'm super excited since it'll be my first time going and I can't wait to spend an entire week in a mansion on the beach with some pretty amazing people.
With that being said I do have some issues with how people have responded to my decision to not take part in all the meals that will be prepared for us. Everyone in the group (around 30 people) will be divided into making either one breakfast or one dinner for everybody. Now that means that it's up to the group preparing the meal to choose what they want to serve to everyone. So basically unless you make a choice not to, you're going to eat the breakfast and dinner that's prepared. Well I've already decided that I plan on making on my own food throughout the week and not to partake of the group meals but of course still eat with everyone. That has seemed to cause some people to question me and my food decision. Some of the vacationers are saying that I've worked so hard so I should enjoy myself that week and just eat whatever I want and just go back to my, now normal, eating habits when I get back. They feel that because it's a vacation I'm being ridiculous with making the choice of wanting to buy my own food when I get there and mostly eating only that. A friend of mine thinks that I should have a little of everything in moderation and just make sure I have a salad with my meals.
I personally feel that EVERYONE needs to mind their own business and let me do what's best for me. One girl was right, I did work hard to get to this point but my reward will not be in the form of food, it will be that new super cute bathing suit or dress or shorts that I was not able to wear before losing this weight. I refused to reward myself by eating whatever I feel for an entire week of vacation, that's just not what I want to do.
***If this something that you like to do, then by all means do what's best for you. I can only state what best for me and my body and the things that I feel comfortable doing.***
Eating whatever I wanted is what got me to 229 pounds, I'm not doing that again. This life that I'm living now is my permanent lifestyle, it's one that I plan to live regardless of where I am or what I'm doing. I like how things are for me right now and I'm sick of having to explain that to others. It's actually quite ironic that they people telling me to eat whatever I want and enjoy myself are either trying to lose a couple of pounds before they get there or lost some weight and gained it back! The bottom line is that I don't walk around telling people to put food down and work out more so I do not appreciate them telling me what to do. My ultimate goal to go on vacation being in the 140's and leaving in the 140's so if that means I don't participate in the 'group' meals then so be it. I want my happiness to be from having fun and feeling comfortable with my body and in my skin and that's something that food just cannot do for me.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
A year ago today I posted a blog titled "One Year From Now" and I spoke about being fit when I turned 27. I had lost about 14 pounds at the time and was quite sure that I'd be at my goal weight in a year. I then ended the blog with a picture that I took that day saying 'May I never look like this again!!'.
Well I can honestly say that I am not at my goal weight just yet, but trust that I am MUCH closer now then I was a year ago. I've turned 27 in much better shape then I turned 26 and I am most definitely a lot more fit now then I was then. After taking that picture I decided that every month on the 22nd I would take a picture in the same clothes to monitor my progress and I would post it a year later. Well sparklers, believe it or not but it's a year later and I'm so excited to share my progress with you so without further ado here's my progress over the past year!
At some point I had to buy a new shirt because the other one got too big, I wish I could remember what month it was! Either way, I'm so happy with my progress and I'm shocked to see just how I've changed in one year with these pictures. I went from 214 pounds to 156 pounds, losing 58 pounds, and went from wearing a size 20 pants and an XL shirt to wearing a size 8/10 pants and a Medium shirt. I'm so proud of myself and I can't wait to see what progress I'll make over the next year. I still plan on taking pictures so I'm excited for the new progress pictures I'll post next year!
Keep sparking sparklers, and I thank all of you for the continued encouragement and support that keeps me going, I love you all!!!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Wow, I can't believe that an entire year has past since I started on SparkPeople.com! So much has happened since I first joined and it's amazing what a year can do to someone. I started the year off looking like this:
I can't believe this pictures, it's so shocking! I started my journey at 229 pounds but started SparkPeople.com at 221.2 pounds. I was only exercising on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays doing cardio (walking) only for 60 mins. I wasn't counting calories but I was reducing my calorie intake and making better choices with food. I logged in all my fitness minutes faithfully after all my workouts which really made me feel awesome because I was keeping track of all my hard work. It wasn't easy but is was doable and that worked for me.
Throughout the course of the year I started changing and I lost more weight and started doing things differently. Here's some more pictures:
I was happy with my progress but I needed more. I had to step my game up and added two strength training days to my routine, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also started counting my calories and saw some great results from that too. Again it wasn't easy but it was doable. I started to see that I was strong and that I was actually doing this and not saying that I was. I continued going strong even when I wanted to take a break and continued eating right even when I wanted to pig out because I realized that losing this weight and looking the way I always wanted to was more important then laying around and pigging out. I made sure that I stuck to this and it become a habit for me, I starting craving healthier foods and actually wanted to work out. Of course all this hard work paid off to and I started to look like this:
During the course of the year I was nominated as a SparkPeople motivator and really got to know myself better. I love how things are coming along and while I haven't quite hit my goal weight, I much closer to it then I was a year ago. Now a year later I logged on my page and I see this:
It's AMAZING, it truly is. And now a year later I look like this:
Those two pictures were taking today, exactly a year later. I'm down 67.8 pounds and have started training with a personal trainer, I've NEVER been happier and I can't wait to see what I'll look in another year. I have to give all my thanks to SparkPeople for all this amazing site and all that it has to offer and of course to all my SparkFriends to have supported me through my entire journey. Much much thanks to you all because it's with your help that I was able to accomplish this, I love you all and here's to another great year on SparkPeople.com!!
Monday, April 18, 2011
I know I've been MIA lately and doing a vlog was MUCH easier then typing it all out, so here it is!
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